Avalanche conditions safer than average this season


POSTED: 3:06 PM Jan 26 2013

Directors for the West Central Montana Avalanche Center say conditions this year have been the safest they've seen in years when it comes to avalanche danger.

NBC Montana told you about an avalanche warning in our area two weeks ago, but that was short lived.

The latest advisory says the risk right now is moderate to low in the mountains surrounding Missoula and the Bitterroot Valley, and that's been the story most of the winter.

But that doesn't mean people in the back country shouldn't still be cautious. "One of the things that has got us a little concerned right now is that people may be getting a little bit complacent because we've enjoyed such safe conditions,” said avalanche expert Steve Karkanen. “That may not be the case if we get another big dump of snow, so people need to respond accordingly, and check out the avalanche advisory."

For a link to the latest avalanche advisory, click here,